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Celebration of 70 years of dance to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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LEICESTER’S Jubilee Square will be the setting for a spectacular celebration of dancing across seven decades as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Leicestershire.

The Dance for the Queen show will take place on Wednesday 1 June and will feature dancers and performers from the city and county.

The dancing will begin at 19.52 (7.52pm) and continue until 20.22 (8.22pm) to acknowledge the 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

Lord Lieutnant of Leicestershire Mike Kapur, who is the Queen’s representative in Leicestershire said: “It promises to be an entertaining evening full of singing, dancing and laughter, as we celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 years of service – and what better way to kick off the four-day Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend than with an exceptional dance party.”

Lord Mayor of Leicester Cllr Deepak Bajaj said: “Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee is a time to celebrate success and longevity and to reflect on the huge commitment the Queen has made to serving her country throughout her long reign.

“Dance for the Queen is our way of coming together as a community to share, celebrate and showcase the best of Leicester through dance, and I cannot think of a more positive way to mark this occasion.”

The evening will begin at 6.30pm with a variety show, with performers including the Leicester, Loughborough and Broughton Astley rock choirs, Enderby brass Band and The Simpletones.

Seven dance groups will then perform routines to iconic music tracks representing the seven decades of The Queen’s reign.

Photographs of Her Majesty’s visits to Leicester and Leicestershire will form a backdrop to the performances, from her first visit in 1954 to her most recent in 2018.

The show will be hosted live by BBC Radio Leicester and streamed online.  The event is being supported by Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, De Montfort University, Leicester University and Curve.

More information is available at www.DanceForTheQueen.com

Jubilee Square was given its name to commemorate the Queen’s 2012 visit to Leicester at the start of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.